Tigard police make arrest in convenience store robbery
Tigard police on Wednesday night arrested a 20-year-old man who they believe was involved in the armed robbery of the 7-Eleven convenience store at 10765 S.W. Greenburg Road. The incident occurred just before 11:30 p.m. when a man was reported to have entered the store and pointed a knife at a clerk before demanding money from the register.
As the man came behind the counter, the clerk jumped over it and managed to get away to call police, according to a news release from the Tigard Police Department.
As officers responded, a witness flagged them down near Cascade Avenue and Greenburg Road, where a man matching the suspect's description was running away from the scene. Officers instructed the man to stop, but he kept running. After giving the man verbal warnings, police used a Taser to stop him. Then, as medical professionals were checking him out, the man, identified as Patrick Nickels, tried to run off in handcuffs but was stopped by another officer.
According to police, a clerk positively identified Nickels as the alleged suspect who had those items from the store in his possession. In addition, police recovered an 11-inch knife from inside the convenience store.
Police say Nickels, who already had an active felony warrant out for his arrest, is now facing new charges of robbery, unlawful use of a weapon, menacing, second-degree criminal mischief, interfering with a peace officer and resisting arrest.
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